A Martinez gives an intense performance as Jacob Nighthorse, a powerful casino owner and Cheyenne warrior who's not afraid to get in Longmire's face. But Walt isn't the first Western tough guy A has gone toe-to-toe with. In the film, "The Cowboys," A played a tough kid in the Wild West who had to prove himself to an ornery rancher named WIl Andersen, played by John Wayne.
A Martinez has a romantic side as well. In 1990, he received an Outstanding Lead Actor Daytime Emmy® Award for his work as one half of the soap opera supercouple, Cruz and Eden Campbell on Santa Barbara. Insert sexy tiger growl here.
Both A Martinez and John Lorenz, who plays the Cheyenne father of abducted child Neel, have played characters trapped between a monster and an even more horrible monster. A Martinez played a character caught up in the swamp-shaking battle of Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, and John Lorenz portrayed a man at the mercy of sea monsters in Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus.
When Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) asks Luke what he saw the night his friends disappeared, he replies with the Cheyenne word for Dog Soldier. Didn't catch it? He said "Hotamétaneo'o."
The Cheyenne Dog Soldiers, or more accurately Dog Men, were a very real thing. They were one of the Cheyenne's six military societies, and played a major role in fighting against American expansion. Whether or not they could actually transform into animals has never been proven... or disproven.